• Sarah Cheng: Technology and Business

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    Posted on April 23, 2014 by Sarah Cheng

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    ………. In the last ten years, technology has unexpectedly disrupted conventional industries and traditional business models. Retail is no exception to this change. The consumer experience in brick-and-mortar stores has been transformed by the presence of technology, from flat-screen advertisements to i-pad registers. Are these new technological advancements friend or foe to the retail industry? Moreover, has technology revolutionized how we do business in this modern age?

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    The juxtaposition of fashion and technology can seem strangely natural when executed in an artistic manner. Retailers have embraced the benefits of this change for their business. Stuart Weitzman exhibits its new collection and most recent runway show at retail outlets.

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    Hashtags have become ubiquitous in retail advertisements. Although they’ve emerged in pop culture fairly recently, retailers view them as a marketing opportunity. This new trend is a sign of the powerful and lasting influence of technology.

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    Pedestrians often see two screens when they pass by a window display – the storefront window and a flat screen behind it. Does a second screen cut through the noise and connect to the customer, or does its novelty and glamour distract us from the real product?

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    The next step in this technological evolution is consumer interaction: retailers want consumers to engage and interact with technology inside their stores. However, technology can place distance between the consumer and the product.

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    The technological disruption has gone beyond the consumer experience and infiltrated the boardroom. Innovations such as fiber-optic Internet and teleconference lines enable the business world to connect easily to the outside world, opening new portals of exchange.

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    These screens are meant to extend the realm of business possibilities. Yet there’s still much we don’t know about technology, though it’s all around us. This new source of information and sense of clarity may only be an illusion.

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    Photography and Text by Sarah Cheng, Copyright 2014.

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    About The Author: Sarah Cheng is enrolled in the Graduate School, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. To read more articles by Sarah Cheng, go to the search bar at the top of the page: type in name, click the green icon.


  • Zoe Kirsch: Ready to Rock

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    Posted on April 22, 2014 by Zoe Kirsch

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    ……….Our heroine, attempts to connect with real live human beings, at a party that she finds on Spruce Street in Philadelphia. Devin entered the party, where she took a seat on a couch and listened to music.

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    By Saturday April 5th, Devin purchased her own bicycle and had spent weeks riding the streets of West Philadelphia. She generally enjoyed her solitary routine, but on this particular day she was struck by a deep loneliness. And so she parked her bike outside a place that was filled with lots of people – a building that had bikes chained to its gates. Maybe the people who were inside liked bikes the way Devin did. Maybe she would make some friends.

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    Devin was a quiet person by nature. While most of the party’s occupants talked loudly with one another, cracking jokes, teasing one another, and generally gabbing. Devin stood alone and watched, silently enjoying the music. What Devin didn’t know then was that she was an introvert. She didn’t like making small talk – to her, it felt fake. Devin was standing in the middle of a large crowd, but she still felt alone.

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    The funny thing was that she didn’t care.

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    One-third to one-half of all Americans are introverts like Devin, or one out of every two or three people that we know.

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    This statistic might seem surprising. That’s because some choose to hide their introversion, or learn to act like extroverts, in response to the fact that our society favors gregarious people.

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    Psych studies have shown that, on average, Americans think talkative people are more interesting, attractive, and intelligent than their less verbose counterparts.

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    But Devin and her fellow wallflowers are in good company. Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, and Mahatma Gandhi were introverts, too.

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    About The Author: Zoe Kirsch is a senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania. Class of 2014.


  • Kevin Stewart: Old School Shirt Maker

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    Posted on April 21, 2014

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  • TWS: Happy Easter

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    Posted on April 20, 2014

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    Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2014.


  • Discover Talent: Easely

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    Posted on April 18, 2014

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    Self-Portrait by Alice Chaillou available: Easely.io Copyright 2014

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  • Monica Sim: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

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    Posted on April 16, 2014 by Monica Sim

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    ……….A symbol of class, sophistication, and mystique. The cigarette, a tiny burning stick, somehow managed to control and possess a routine in our every day lives. We were seduced by the power it promised us.

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    Class and sophistication……Is slowly killing me inside.

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    How cunningly this industry of toxic greed, has managed to convince us to pay for our own deaths. Honing in on our weaknesses, and promising us the beauty, happiness, and power we could never have.

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    A deal with the devil can never be trusted.

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    Cigarette smoking causes 1 in every 5 deaths in the United States. More than 480,000 deaths annually.

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    Quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from a smoke related disease by 90%.

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    So why don’t you live a little?

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    About The Author: Monica Sim is a graduate student enrolled in the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. To access more articles by Monica Sim, go to the search bar at the top of the page, type in name: click the green icon.


  • Alice Chaillou: Interview

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    Posted on April 15, 2014

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    TW: Where were you born, what year?

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    AC: I was born on the 12th of April 1990, in a city called Clermont Ferrand in France. It’s in a region called Auvergne where there are great cheeses, as St Nectaire & Cantal, a very popular brand in the region. I love food. I eat a lot and I’m lucky to have a great metabolism so my body doesn’t get fat.

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    TW: Did you receive any formal training in drawing or painting while you were in high school or college? When did you realize your artistic talent? How did you feel at that moment of self-discovery?

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    AC. I started drawing when i was six years of age. By chance my mum encouraged me in this way. So, I was introduced to a private Art teacher, to whom I saw every week, and the tutoring improved my ability to draw and paint.

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    But when I was eight, the tutor had to stop the lessons for personal reasons, so I began a search for a long time in order to find someone new for me. The first teacher was a lady, and it took until I was 13 to find the teacher of my dreams. In life as in work, in my relations and love life, I need to be with passionate people. I have this need to see there’s something deep inside them they can’t control.

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    I found that quality in André. My teacher, my mentor, he was old, almost 60 (we still write letters to each other), and he had that crazy thing inside him, I liked so much. He was always talking and telling me stories about Art. I loved that. I studied only one year with Andre because he retired a year later. It’s been hard for me since. I was so sad to see him move on. I wanted to learn so much more about drawing and painting. I couldn’t accept to be alone again without a teacher, especially since in the same year my father put me at his door, having read my personal diary.

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    Well, it was not really a change for me, because my mum always took care of me and my little sister. My father only confirmed he would never help me or try to understand me. After Andre’s departure, I didn’t find another professor like him, thus I stopped drawing up to the final year of high school. Eventually, I discovered the Ecole Pivaut Art school in Nantes, an excellent place to study painting, illustration and the nude where I was inspired by readings on Casanova.

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    TW: What is the age of consent in France? What are your feelings with regards to age of consent rules in France or anywhere in the world?

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    AC: I believe the age of consent here in France is fifteen. My point of view about consent is quite “open”, now in my generation, so addicted to social networks and consumption relationships, I think having sex doesn’t mean anything anymore. It can be really dangerous, it’s sad but true. I think it’s stupid to impose an age (18) as it was with alcohol, even though sex can be a drug. Also, to limit yourself falling in love and having sex with people only of your age is stupid.

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    For example, I always loved “Lolita” by Nabokov, and always found the relationship between Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll pure and beyond everything most people may ever know. I’ve been moved by the movie “Beau-père” – Bertrand Blier with Patrick Dewaere, and I’m sure that today it would be censored and thrown into the lions den. Well, for me it isn’t. I can’t control my feelings and emotions when I find someone intellectually and sensually attractive. Maybe I’m too romantic but when I was young (13/14) my mum always told me “do it when you’re sure you’re in love” and that’s what I did when I was 14 and I keep a really good souvenir of this particular day.

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    TW: There are elements of your work that are infused with visions of the eroticized female. What is the genesis of Illustrations of selected extracts from the “Story of my life” by Giacomo Casanova?

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    AC: I discovered Casanova really early in childhood. I think I deeply fell in love with the entire character. His life, his glibness, his education, his love for women always made me admire him. I dreamt I met him in Venice in a past life, and that I was a sort of Casanova myself, made to love men!
    Well, that was my “first” meeting with eroticism. As I grew older, my attachment and feelings towards eroticism were deepening. I still think that it’s a huge part of me; so it was obvious for my last year as a student, that I needed to reveal this part of myself in my paintings.
    Casanova yes, but I thought it was an interesting and good idea to speak about him through some of the women he met in his life. Maybe he would have had a great life without all those women or maybe he would have been nobody. I’m sure we’re all who we are a little because of many things; society, education, friends and mostly the persons we meet, the good ones and evil ones.

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    TW: What are you working on currently?

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    AC: I’ve begun writing a collection of short stories, a series of new paintings, and I started modeling for photographers in Paris.

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    Editor’s Note: Alice Chaillou is an artist, writer, model, and radio personality specializing in Erotic Art and Literature. Ms. Chaillou lives and works in Paris.


  • Qingxin Zhao: Home

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    Posted on April 14, 2014 by Qingxin Zhao

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    ……….This past spring break, I traveled with my roommate, Edward, to his hometown of San Francisco. There, he showed me places that are significant to him—his homes.

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    We left our cozy dorm room in Mayer Hall for his spacious home in Palo Alto. Although our two-bedroom double at Penn only has minimal amenities, it holds a world of memories. Here is where we played Borderlands 2 for over 380 hours and tried yoga for the first time.

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    After a six-hour flight, we arrived. The first destination was the street on which he grew up. He and his twin brother celebrated many birthdays here.

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    The following day, we visited his high school. I was surprised to find a school with an almost entirely outdoors campus. Although classrooms were inside various buildings, many of which had been updated recently, lockers were basically exposed to the elements, as they only had a concrete awning overhead.

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    Next, we visited Japantown. Japan holds a special place in Edward’s heart, as he studied abroad in Tokyo for a semester and speaks the language fluently.

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    After eating some snacks in Japantown, we headed to Fisherman’s Wharf for dinner. On the walk to the restaurant, we saw the beautiful sunset over the sailboat-lined bay, which embodies the San Francisco that Edward calls home.

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    Lastly, we arrived at our dinner destination, Boudin, Edward’s favorite restaurant in San Francisco. After consuming my clam-chowder-filled sourdough bread bowl, I could definitely see why. I could get used to calling San Francisco home.

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    About The Aurhor: Qingxin Zhao is a senior enrolled in the Wharton business school, University of Pennsylvania. Class of 2014. To read more articles by Qingxin Zhao, go to the search bar at the top of the page, type in name: click the green icon.


  • Jungmin Ryoo: The Journey

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    Posted on April 8, 2014

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    ……….I dreamt of you last night. I could not get in the mood to do anything all day long. So I went for a drive to the city. The city where we were together. The sun imbues the skies as man imbues the roads. Wish we could see this rapture together again.

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    Back then we were so alive.

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    Our hearts were driven by extremes. In the heat of the summer, we were blind with dreams and tight with fears. Every passing minute permeated our life like the sound of music and perfected it. Back then we were so young.

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    All then suddenly became unclear. My life was filled with endless dull of ordinariness and I became scared of uncertainty. I have died every night being lost in old memories. But I know that it is stupid to hold on to the pieces of the past while waiting for the future. When I look back at the journey we rode, I soon realize that all is going to be well. All will be so perfectly well.

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    Now I lay the past to rest and live today. I miss you.
    Can’t wait to meet you again.

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    About The Author: Jungmin Ryoo is receiving her BSE in Bioengineering, 2014 and MSE in Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2015. Minors: Engineering Entrepreneurship, Mathematics, and Fine Arts. To access additional articles by Jungmin Ryoo, go to the search bar at the top of the page, type in name: click the green icon.


  • Olga Ignatovets: What’s Cooking?

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    Posted on April 6, 2014 by Olga Ignatovets

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    ……….My hands are not cooperating as I stand there attempting to make dinner for the one who betrayed me. My fingers come close to the edge of the knife and that is when the most brilliant idea comes to mind. I should make him suffer the way he made me suffer. He broke my heart and now it is my turn to take something away from him.

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    It feels very moist and soft in my hands. The blood from it is all over my hands and my brand new white apron. A feeling of satisfaction comes over me as I thrust my knife deeper and deeper into his organ.

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    After a few hours of fascinating experimentation with it I decide that it is time to take a break.

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    I am so caught up in my thoughts of revenge that a loud creaking sound at the front door made me jump and drop my glass onto the floor. They were here for me!

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    My plan had failed and I was discovered. There was nothing I could do now but grab my suit case and make it out of the house without getting caught.

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    As I ran out the door, I left everything behind – the kidney, the body, but most importantly my favorite white apron. I would never be able to get it back…

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    About The Author: Olga Ignatovets is a freshmen enrolled in the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania. Class of 2017.